The world has been marketing dairy milk as the ultimate calcium source for ages. From the newborns to the elders, everyone should drink milk. In the older days (which probably a century ago), people got their milk from a happy cow, which means they get the milk supply when the cow has it naturally. The cow ate their grass and merrily wonder in the meadow. Are all cows like that in the modern days?
The Dark Deals with Dairy Milk Industry
Cows produce milk for the same reason that humans do: to nourish their young. In order to force them to continue producing milk, factory farm operators typically impregnate them using artificial insemination every year. Calves are generally torn away from their mothers within a day of birth, which causes them both extreme distress. Mother cows can be heard calling for their calves for days. Male calves are destined to end up in cramped veal crates or barren feedlots where they will be fattened for beef, and females are sentenced to the same sad fate as their mothers.
After their calves have been taken away from them, mother cows are hooked up, two or more times a day, to milking machines. Their reproductive systems are exploited through genetic selection, despite the negative effects on their health. Artificial insemination, milking regimens, and sometimes drugs are used to force them to produce even more milk—the average cow today produces more than four times as much milk as cows did in 1950.
Dairy leads to diabetes, heart disease, cancer, food addictions, and it even ruins your skin, leads to joint pains, and gives you tummy troubles. That’s a lot of negatives from one source, just so we can have a glossy white drink to pour over cereal or in coffee. Non-dairy milks have easily replaced milk in many homes these days and the almond milk industry is booming even higher than the milk industry.
How about baby/toddler formula milk, it fortified with all the vitamins and minerals available to support healthy growth and strong bone and teeth? No, you definitely won’t find that in dairy-based milk, but you will find hormones natural or not, pesticides whether intended or not, and antibiotics in non-organic milk. Yes, kids get fatter and might look healthier from drinking formula milk, but it because of the sugar content in it. Also, cows are subject to common infections and without antibiotics administered, they’re at greater risk for disease. Obviously, we should end this silly charade and quit drinking milk and eating milk-based products. We could save so much money and animals at the same time!
WHY Choose Non Dairy Milk?
For milk lover out there, don’t you worry, there’s a substitute for dairy milk, which is taste as good or even better, and without the guilt. The plant based milk is usually derived from nuts (almond, cashew, hazelnut, etc), beans, rice, oat and seeds (pumpkin, hemp, sunflower, etc). You have variety of choice there. Almond is one of the most popular one and you can find it in the grocery stores. I prefer mine self made, at least I know for sure what I put inside.
These non dairy milk have tons of health benefit such as:
- Contains more calcium than milk
- Rich in vitamins and minerals
- Low in calorie
- Aid in weight loss
- Good for skin, nail, and health
- Easier to digest
- Cholesterol free and even aids in lowering LDL
- and many more
Before I decided to focus on essential oils, I used to own a healthy catering business (@guiltfreekitchen) and selling homemade almond milk was on of it. Everything happened unplanned, my friends requested it, one thing led to another, and here I am, an aromatherapist.
Let me share with you how to make non-dairy milk, you can pick any ingredients you’d like. In this case, I pick hazelnut. Hazelnut tastes so good, we all know hazelnut as Nutella. You don’t want to know what inside that delicious chocolatey spread. Hazelnut contains phytochemical, called flavonoids, which nourishes the brain.
Why I love hazelnut milk more:
- all hazelnut milk is naturally gluten-, lactose-, and soy-free
- it is low in calories, containing no cholesterol or saturated fat
- it is a good source of vitamins B1, B2 and B6 which are all essential in blood formation and mental health
- hazelnuts are also an excellent source of the antioxidant vitamin E which promotes healthy hair and skin, as well as boosting the health of the heart muscles
- hazelnuts help to prevent anaemia, cancer and heart-disease
- rich in folic acid, which is important for growing babies and adults, this helps to produce red blood cells and transport oxygen around the body
- hazelnuts also provides the body with proteins
- it is rich in plant-based omega-3 fatty acid ALA, which has been proven to help keep cholesterol and blood pressure in check
- the milk is very versatile can be used just as dairy milk in cooking or drunk plain or with cereal or a hot beverage.
- it doesn’t taste anything like dairy milk, offering a nutty flavor that is stronger than almond milk
Hazelnut milk recipe:
250g raw hazelnuts, soaked in water and leave overnight
- Drain, and discard the soaking liquid (do not use this to make the milk). Rinse the hazelnuts several times to remove the anti-nutrients and enzyme inhibitors.
- Throw the rinsed hazelnuts, water, and salt in your blender, and blast on high for 30 to 60 seconds, until the nuts are completely pulverized. Use whole milk to maximize nutrition. Or strain for a smoother, more commercial-style milk for use in recipes. For added flavoring, you may add dates, vanilla, sea salt, cacao powder to your liking.
- To strain, place a nut milk bag over the opening of a glass bowl, jar or jug. Pour the milk into the bag, twisting the bag closed, and gently squeezing it to pass the liquid through. Empty the hazelnut pulp aside. You can dehydrate this for use in smoothies or to make crusts.
To make life easier, you may use a cold press juicer. The machine will separate the milk and the dehydrated nuts. This non dairy milk is so natural, that it lasts only 1-2 hours in room temperature and 3 days in a cold fridge.
Share with me what you make at home, and the good news is, you can improvise your recipe. Happy blending and enjoy!
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